Poll - Everytown for Gun Safety

MEMORANDUM
March 30, 2015
TO:
INTERESTED PARTIES
FROM:
Goodwin Simon Strategic Research
RE:
Maine Voters, Including Gun Owners, Strongly Favor Keeping Law Requiring
Concealed Carry Permits
This memo highlights key findings of a live interviewer public opinion telephone survey conducted March 8 - 12,
2015 among 802 likely November 2016 election voters in Maine. The sample included landline and cell phone
respondents and the margin of error for the survey was +/- 3.5 percent.
The findings of this survey reveal strong opposition to permitless carrying of concealed handguns
among Maine voters, including opposition among significant majorities of gun owners, NRAmember households, and strong supporters of the Second Amendment.
These findings are particularly striking given that almost half (49%) of Maine voters report having
one or more gun in their home, and fully 60 percent say they consider themselves to be a strong
supporter of the Second Amendment.
 More than eight in ten voters (84%) oppose permitless carry. An overwhelming majority
of respondents oppose allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns in public places without a
permit. Just 14 percent support permitless carry and a mere two percent are undecided.
Allowing Carrying of Concealed Handguns in
Public Without Permit
100%
84%
80%
60%
40%
20%
14%
2%
0%
Support
Oppose
Undecided
Poll Results: Maine Gun Safety
March 2015
Goodwin Simon Strategic Research
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 In fact, nearly nine in ten voters say they want to keep current Maine law requiring
permits for concealed carry, which requires a clean recent criminal record and the
completion of a safety training course.
Fully 85 percent say they would strongly like to keep the current Maine law (89% total keep).
Just five percent say they would strongly like to overturn the current law (8% total overturn)
and only three percent are undecided.
Support for Keeping Concealed Carry Permit Law
Currently, Maine law requires that gun owners get a permit in order to carry a concealed
firearm. To get a permit, people must have a clean recent criminal record and complete a
safety training course. Would you like to KEEP this law or OVERTURN this law?
Strongly Keep
Somewhat Keep
Strongly Overturn
Somewhat Overturn
Undecided
100%
89%
4%
80%
60%
40%
85%
20%
8%
3%
0%
Keep
3%
5%
Overturn
Undecided
Support for keeping the law is overwhelming among every subgroup, including:
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Men (85%) and women (94%);
Younger voters (85% ages 50 and under) and older voters (92% ages 50 and older);
Democrats (94%), Republicans (85%), and Independents (88%);
College educated (92%) and non-college educated (88%) voters ;
Gun owners (95% 1 gun, 91% 2-4 guns, 88% 5+ guns) and those living in an NRA-member
household (83%);
Voters in Congressional District 1 (90%) and those in Congressional District 2 (89%);
And, those who identify as strong supporters of the Second Amendment (86%).
 Maine voters overwhelmingly want to keep the current laws requiring permits for
concealed carrying of weapons in place.
 In addition, a significant majority say legislative efforts to overturn this law would
impact their voting decisions when it comes time to re-elect their representatives in the
state legislature.
Poll Results: Maine Gun Safety
March 2015
Goodwin Simon Strategic Research
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A significant majority (57%) say they would be more likely to oppose the re-election of their
state legislator if he or she voted to overturn current law and allow people to carry concealed
firearms without a permit. In contrast, just one-quarter (24%) say they would support the reelection of their state legislator if they voted to overturn the law. Two in ten (19%) are
undecided if they would support or oppose the re-election of their legislator based on this vote.
Impact of Legislator Vote to Overturn Law
on Legislator Re-Election
And if your Maine state legislator voted to overturn this law in order to allow people to carry
concealed firearms without a permit, how would it affect your vote? Would you be more
likely to SUPPORT or OPPOSE their re-election?
60%
57%
40%
24%
19%
20%
0%
Support Re-election
Oppose Re-election
Undecided
The proportion who would oppose their legislator’s re-election includes a majority of voters
regardless of gender, age, education level, and region; significant majorities of Democrats and
Independents; nearly half of all Republicans; and a majority of all gun owners and self-identified
strong supporters of the Second Amendment.
 Taken as a whole, these survey results provide a clear mandate for lawmakers to support
current laws requiring concealed carry permits and oppose efforts to overturn or erode
these gun safety measures.
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